The weekend has turned nasty.
Hard, fat rain belting down. I'm tucked in the warm with the fire roaring, reading and planning how the garden will change in the coming years.
I've always found it hard to envisage what the garden could look like. So many permaculture resources on the net are US based and I can't reconcile what they have with what I'm starting out with plus the different climate they have there.
That was until I came across the blog on Bealtaine Cottage in the West of Ireland.
Suddenly things dropped into place. Similar climate to mine and the blog owner has picture of the bare landscape when she started to give me hope. She did it all in just eight years on her own. She also has numerous short films on YouTube.
Go and take a look, even if you're not really a gardener you'll appreciate what a mammoth effect she's had on the landscape.
I've been sitting here identifying what plants are growing where from her pictures and films, plus how they're interacting and supporting each other. I've a list two sides long, and I'm raring to get going!